Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fearing a Future Emergency, Governors Declare a State of Emergency

When most of us think of a State of Emergency, we think of isolated natural disasters like hurricanes, winter storms or a flood that passes through. In those cases it's quite obvious when the emergency is over. But what if an emergency is declared for something that hasn't happened yet? How will we know when it's over?

Both Pennsylvania and Connecticut governors recently declared a State of Emergency, not because a disaster is taking place at this moment, but because bad things may happen in the future. This is an incredible development that citizens should be concerned about.

You should know that during a state of emergency your rights are suspended along with Constitutional restraints on government.

According to Wiki, a state of emergency "means that the government can suspend and/or change some functions of the executive, the legislative and or the judiciary during this period of time," and it "can also be used as a rationale for suspending rights and freedoms, even if those rights and freedoms are guaranteed under the Constitution."

It short, a state of emergency is martial law.



Sarthurk said...

The III percent beg to differ.

Anonymous said...

That's not what martial law means.

Even if there is a state of emergency, there must be legislated statute on the books for what the expanded powers of the executive are under those conditions. In the absence of such legislation, the declaration is of no importance and the government contimues to operate normally. More importantly, the law does not change.

martial law means that common civil law enforcement has broken down and so military law is being used as a substitute. Soldiers act as police and military officers act as courts. You still have all of your constitutional rights to due process, trial by jury, and all your other rights. Just the military is doing it. If your state police is implementing "martial law", they are in fact telling you there is no law and they are intending to act outside of it. It is nice of them to warn you like that.

Most states do not have a martial law statute, so there is no such thing as "martial law" in those states.